Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hughes 369 HS Helicopter, VH-UHO, Coolgardie WA, 8 March 1973

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The sediment sampling on which the helicopter was engaged involved a series of flights, each of the order of two to four minutes duration. Between individual flights the aircraft remained on the ground with the engine running for the short period required for the rear seat passengers to disembark, collect sediment samples and re-embark for the flight to the next selected location. The passenger in the left hand rear seat would then signal, by tapping the pilot on the shoulder, that both rear seat occupants were strapped in and take off could commence. Conditions in the area were hot and dry and at each take off and landing the rotor wash raised targe quantities of dust.
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General details
Date: 08 March 1973   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1516 WST    
Location: Coolgardie    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 15 May 1974   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Hughes Helicopters  
Aircraft model 369  
Aircraft registration VH-UHO  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Coolgardie  
Departure time 1515  
Destination Coolgardie  
Last update 13 May 2014